The World and the Word: Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition
A master storyteller of the Xhosa people of South Africa, Nongenile Masithathu Zenani gives us an unprecedented view of an oral society from within. Twenty-four of her complex and beautiful tales about birth, puberty, marriage, and work, as told to the renowned collector of African oral tradition, Harold Scheub, are gathered here. Accompanying the stories are Zenani’s detailed commentaries and analyses and Scheub’s striking photographs of her in performance. The combination of these historical and cultural observations with a richly symbolic collection of tales from a single traditional storyteller make The World and the Word a remarkable document.
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They continue hitting each other ! " “ That ' s because they ' re so hard - headed ! "
Finally , they are stopped . Someone says , " We ' ve called a stop ! " " Now call it
off ! Sit down ! " They stop . But there is a constant desire for a rematch since ...
When she had become pregnant , he called the men who were at his homestead
. He said , “ I ' ve called you here today to inform you that I now have a wife . You
see her here , she ' s the one . Now I want this woman to bear children for me .
They were called her " wives " because she was unmarried : she was a son .
These " wives ” were created : one of them became the right - hand wife , the wife
of the right - hand house . This woman did not wear a skirt , she did not put on a ...